Summer has hit Cape Town with full force and I love a fruity iced tea to help me through the hot days. As much as I love fruit juice, I rarely drink it. Loaded with sugar and calories, I prefer iced tea instead. I love my Rooibos iced tea with honey, ginger mint and lemon which can be made with few calories, and I pretty much have a jug of this at all times in my fridge. I also prefer to make my own. Abundantly cheaper and sans all the preservatives and colorants, its the only way forward for me.
I have discovered that apple juice is a fabulous way to sweeten ice tea, it also adds a lovely fruity dimension. For this variation, I wanted some tropical flavour too, so added passion fruit pulp to the mix. Garnished with a few sprigs of mint, and poured over a tall glass loaded with ice, it makes a very refreshing drink.
*Cooks notes ~ You can adjust the amount of apple juice you add according to your taste, I used around 350ml of clear apple juice to 750ml of chamomile tea. Keep adding or subtracting until you are happy with the level of sweetness. If you have a very sweet tooth, you could add sugar too. I used dried chamomile flowers to brew my chamomile tea. Its the best quality you can get. I love the slightly floral flavour of the tea with the fruit. If you wanted to get more of the mint flavour coming through, muddle this in with the drink before putting it in the fridge.
- 750ml chamomile tea, brewed
- 250 - 450ml clear apple juice
- 80ml (1/3 cup) passion fruit pulp
- Mint to garnish
- Brew 750ml chamomile tea and allow this to cool.
- Add the apple juice and passion fruit pulp and chill.
- When its cold, serve over ice and add a few sprigs of mint to the glass for garnish.
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